Wednesday, May 28, 2008

Do You Have A Minute?

Lest you think all we ever do is have tragedies and Dr.'s visits I thought I would share with you some of what we did over the last few weeks.

1. We traveled from our home in Kansas to my parent's home in Utah, en route to our final destination VIVA LAS VEGAS!

2. When we got the Utah we played with cousins and decorated easter eggs. The kids had so much fun, there is something special about cousins.

3. We got to have an Easter egg hunt with just about everybody (we missed Kirsten, Travis, Elijah and Josh).

4. Matt and I got to go to Florida where Matt received an award for all the wonderful work he does for Embarq.

if you look closely you can see an alligator
5. We went to the Dinosaur Museum to celebrate Wynn's 4th birthday!

6. This was not fun, Matt's Grandma Dorothy passed away, we were all very sad but happy that we were able to see many people we love.

7. Last but not least we arrived in Las Vegas and had lots of visitors, we hope to have a lot more. Anyone that wants to come please know that you are always welcome to stay with us.

See we really do have good things happen to us!

Wednesday, May 21, 2008

Yeah or nay?

This is the haircut I will be getting for the hot Las Vegas summer (incidentally it was 109 degrees yesterday and 107 the day before). Do you like it? And, when I ask just tell me yes since I'll be getting the cut no matter what.

Saturday, May 17, 2008

A Big Shout Out to the Ottawa Ward

O - one of a kind
T - thoughtful
T - truly a blessing
A - Amazing
W - Wacky & fun
A - always a good time

W - willing to help
A - A great ward
R - really great friends

I have been in the process of writing this post for a number of days now, but it's been hard, how do you properly express your gratitude? I don't know either but here goes. Have you ever been in a ward that truly felt like family. The ward we left in Kansas was that kind of ward. We had such a hard time leaving our friends there. Shortly after we got to Las Vegas I was driving to Wal Mart and crying because I knew I wouldn't bump into any of them at the store. It was pretty much a given I would see one of my ward family members at Wal Mart. Sounds silly I know, but this is such a great ward. Friday when I got the mail, there was a card in it from our Ottawa ward, expressing their wish to help us during Matt's illness. They sent us restaurant gift cards and money for meals, beacuse as they said they couldn't bring us meals so this was how they wanted to help. I can't express how much that meant to us. You guys are the best and we love you all. Thanks our Ottawa Ward Family!

Friday, May 16, 2008

Agent Fax Moulder

My brother (from another mother) in law Faxon said he bet I didn't have any funny pictures of him to post, he was wrong. This is Fax with his college band "Merit Badge" My favorite part besides Fax's cool tatoo is the dagger in the pizza box. Fax as always you kill me. If you click on the picture you can make it bigger and see it better.

Thursday, May 15, 2008

Sicky Update

Matt is doing very well, he went to the Dr. today and the fluid on his lung is decreasing. He's been up and moving around and working. So far so good.

GG is also doing very well. She was responding last night to the nurses, around midnight they did another CT scan. It looked good and they took GG off the breathing tube, so, this morning she was talking. They are giving her ice chips today and if she can tolerate those they will be taking her off the feeding tube.

That's all for now we are feeling very blessed thanks to everyone for your thoughts and prayers.

Wednesday, May 14, 2008


Hi all, for those of you who know my sister Gretchen I wanted to let you know that this morning during a walk a thon she collapsed and had a seizure. They rushed her to the hospital and did a CT scan. From there they found out that there was some bleeding on her brain. The bleeding turned out to be a brain aneurysm (did I spell that right?). She was immediately taken to surgery. The aneurysm was on the surface and only bled once so that is very good. She is out of surgery and they said the surgery went well. Very scary situation but we are so glad that they were able to get to the problem in time. I'll keep you all posted, we are praying for a quick recovery and for her sweet family.

When upon life's billows

I was thinking that it is time to count my blessings:

1. Matt is home from the hospital and doing well. Yeah!!

2. We have wonderful family and friends so eager and willing to help us out, those who came: Sarah, Chris, Diane, Mom, Gretchen and Dad. Those who called emailed and sent cards and well wishes: all of our brothers and sisters and dear friends. You guys are the best we love you all.

3. The power of prayer and the priesthood. What great comfort that brought us.

4. Three great kids who make life fun.

5. Public school for when those great kids weren't making life fun.

6. Papa Al who delighted my children when they painted his toenails while he "slept"

7. Having a Mother's Day with my mom, I haven't had that for atleast 10 years.

8. My children and the effort they put forth to make sure the I had a nice Mother's day even though Matt wasn't around.

They made the signs out of paper towels
9. The beautiful weather, when all else fails sit in the sun!

10. A ward that doesn't even know us has stepped up and has not ceased to help in every way they can.

11. Cars, as many times as we had to go back and forth from the school and the hospital I became acutely aware of how blessed we are to have not one but two cars, it would have been very difficult to go where I needed to go on foot.

12.Matt's job, who have been so understanding and continue to pay us even though Matt has not been there in a while.
13. Doctors who knew what to look for and take care of the problems they found in poor Matt.
14. A sweet husband, who in the midst of all that was happening to him was more concerned for us at home.
15. And back to #1 Matt is home, YEAH!!
We have been very blessed and are so grateful. Thanks again to all of you who have kept our family in your thoughts and prayers.

Thursday, May 8, 2008

He's back

Well Matt is back in the hospital. Last night he was having some serious pain in his back that traveled to his chest and difficulty breathing, so we took him into the Emergency Room. They ran many tests and it turns out that he has a blood clot in each of his lungs. Blod clots can be common after major surgery, they have him on a blood thinner and pain meds. He seems to be doing a little better now we just wait for the clots to dissolve. Thanks again to everyone for your thoughts and prayers we'll keep you posted. Here are some pictures from the lastest trip to the ER I did ask him if he cared whether or not I posted his picture and I got the ok.

Friday, May 2, 2008

Hip Hip Hooray

This is my dear friend Amanda. Why is she so special that she gets a whole post dedicated to her? She did something that I never thought I would see. She commented on my blog. For those of you out there that read but won't comment this to could be you. Thanks Amanda you da bomb!